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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

No Kneed to Take a Charge

My last piece was an educational one on fade-away post ups using LeBron as an example.
Why not strike while the iron's hot and use the game's best to also break down some defense as well? I know. I know. Some of you might call me biased towards writing about LBJ on this blog. Well despite that,  I couldn't resist using some of his plays from the past week to highlight a few defensive mistakes.

After intensive studying of video, I've come up with one key defensive play not suitable for defending LeBron:
Trying to take a charge

Wow, that's a small forward that handles the ball bodying an opposing team's power forward.
Was Scola trying to draw contact on the bump?
Well, at least he wasn't under the rim....

Good luck to a defender caught under the rim trying to draw a charge on a LeBron drive:

Oy Vey.
Benny, restricted area or not, I don't think that call is gonna go in your favor.
But it's okay. You're a rookie. It's a rookie mistake to try to draw a charge on the best player in the game. Ask Dwight Howard.
But all in all, good effort.
It's not like you'll be falling for this type of stuff when you're an 8 year veteran in the league......

Wait, was this the same exact play?
Paul Milsap.... shame on you.
You should know better than that.
It's obvious you didn't watch the scouting report for Miami's past few games.

Well, if there is one thing we learned from these plays, besides not trying to take a charge on LeBron, it's how to get away with kneeing your defender in the face.
Good luck practicing that.